Orange County corrections officer charged with shoplifting
Man stole $68 worth of merchandise from Walmart, deputies say
An Orange County Corrections officer was arrested for shoplifting $68 worth of items from a Kissimmee Walmart, while wearing his corrections uniform, according to Osceola County deputies.
Michael Nikitenko, 35, was arrested and charged with retail theft after a security officer watched him steal a USB car charger, headphones and a knife from the Walmart on Vineland Road Monday evening, according to the report. He bought grocery items, but didn't pay for the electronics, deputies said.
Nikitenko said he "f***** up" and "shouldn't have done it," as he was questioned by deputies, according to the report. Video was obtained of Nikitenko putting the items in his pants pocket, totaling $68.81.
The Orange County Corrections Department released a statement on Thursday, calling it, "a very serious matter. Our department is taking appropriate action while preserving the Corporal's due process rights as outlined by Orange County Policy and the union contract."
Nikitenko is on personal leave and is scheduled to return to work next week, jail officials said. When he returns, an administrative hearing will be held regarding his recent arrest.
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